EVENT: Summer Fun At Utah Ski Resorts
The lifts have stopped spinning and the
season’s melting snow is filling countless small streams. Soon, Utah’s
mountainous ski resorts will pop with wildflowers, offering a scenic escape
from the heat in the valleys.
Ski-town locals know resorts are a great
place in both winter and summer. The high elevation and rugged terrain combine
to provide not only great skiing, but lots of summer activities as well.
We researched summer activities and events at
Utah’s ski areas and found so much it wouldn’t all fit in this post. However,
I’m going to try to share as much as I can! If you’re ready to summer like a
ski-town local, keep reading.
First of all, the resorts normally close during the early snowmelt, we sometimes call this the shoulder, or mud season, so make sure to check summer opening days before making plans:
Utah Ski Resort Summer Opening Days
July 1 - Sept. 13
May - October
June 26 - September 7
Closed for Summer
Closed for summer
June 19 - Sept. 7 (Sept. 12-13 & Sept. 19-20)
June 26 - Sept. 7
Closed for Summer
May 22 - TBD
June 13 - Sept. 27 (Open Weekends)
June 13 - Oct. 11
June 15 - Sept. 7
May 15 - Sept. 7
Now let’s talk about all the fun you can have
and how to pick the best resort for your vacation. First, have a look at
the events calendar for
each destination. You may see something you know you simply cannot miss. Next,
look at the activities to decide what fits your vacation style.
For example, if you have children, you may
want to pick a resort offering child-centric fun. From zip-lines to roller
coasters, you’ll have some a lot to select from. If a romantic getaway, or even
a destination wedding, is more your style, check out the fine dinning and spa
packages offered at several properties. Suffice to say, there is something for
Here are summer highlights at Utah's ski
Ski Utah Summer Activities 2015
Alta Ski Area
Alta Ski Area includes the Albion Basin, a prime wildflower hotspot in the Wasatch Range. Visit during July and August for the best display. Cecret Lake is tucked into the base of the mountains and makes a perfect picnic destination.
Alta Lodge opens for summer season
on May 31 with Sunday Brunch. The brunch is a favorite for many locals and
features a rich variety of entrées, salads, baked goods and desserts, as well
as made to order Belgian waffles and Eggs Benedict. Brunch is served from 9:30
am to 2 pm. Prices are $24.95 for adults, $13.95 for kids ages 7-12 and $6.95
for those under age 6. Beer, wine, and cocktails are served beginning at 11:30
am. Saturday lunch begins on June 20 and is served from 11 am to 2 pm.
Alta Lodge is open seven days a week during the summer season from June through mid-October, for weddings, conferences, retreats, private parties, and individual lodging. Continental breakfast is included with overnight lodging.
Mark your calendars for the multi-day Beaver Mountain Music Festival featuring up and coming bands, kids activities, and venders, August 21st through the 23rd. Beaver Mountain also offers tent and RV sites, plus lodge and yurt rentals for larger events.
Summer is almost here, and the warm weather
doesn’t mean high altitude excitement stops. Rock your world this summer at
Southern Utah’s Premiere Mountain Destination, Brian Head Resort.
Entertain your inner adrenaline junkie with our zipline and bungee trampoline.
If that is not enough give base-jumping a try with our 50’ x 50’ airbag. If you
are up for a physical challenge, spend the day at the climbing wall and then
ride your cares away at our alpine tubing attractions at the base of the Giant
If you want to raise your game, ride the
Giant Steps Express or Navajo chair lift 4 into improved mountain bike trails,
disc golf, scenic hiking and lift rides. Summer lift operations run from June
26 - September 7 Friday-Sunday 10 am - 6 pm for Giant Steps and 10 am - 4:30 pm
for Navajo. For the water enthusiast, look no further than the Brian Head Pond
for fishing and other water activities.
Canyons is one
of the country’s largest four season destination resorts offers you an
expansive variety of summer adventures and events. In addition to fresh
mountain air, Canyons provides luxury accommodations, gourmet dining, scenic
gondola rides, breath-taking hikes, expansive array of mountain bike trails and
instruction, plus live music concerts.
From zip-lines to golf, Canyons has something
for the whole family in summer.
Deer Valley Resort is
filled with nonstop activity such as lift-served mountain biking, hiking and
scenic chairlift rides, Summer Adventure Camp for children and music-filled
evenings at the Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater. The resort offers award-winning
cuisine served on the outdoor decks of Royal Street Café and Deer Valley
Grocery~Café, or enjoy Deer Valley-inspired brick oven cuisine at their newest
restaurant, The Brass Tag. Grab a custom Gourmet Picnic Baskets or Bags for one
of the many evening concerts and don’t miss the Silver Lake Snack Shack for a
quick bite on the hill.
Deer Valley's Summer Adventure Camp for
children 2-months to 12 years-of-age is based out of the Children's Center at
Snow Park Lodge surrounded by incredible mountains with hiking trails, hillside
playgrounds, and duck ponds. The center has built-in nooks for entertainment
and performances, a bouldering rock climbing wall and a full supply of craft
projects, games, puzzles, videos and books to complement our outdoor
activities. Summer Adventure Camp is open June 8 through August 19, 2015. Camp
will not be held Friday, July 3 and July 24, 2015.
Eagle Point is
an authentic mountain getaway especially for guests living in the surrounding
desert heat of Las Vegas, Arizona, southern Utah and southern California. Plan
your next summer time event at Eagle Point Resort. Weddings, reunions,
team-building events or even a romantic getaway are some of the many occasions
to spend at this beautiful location.
Here are some of the many activities at Eagle Point Resort:
- 12,000 square foot Canyonside Lodge with restaurant, bar and lounge facilities
- The village of Eagle Point, over 120 condos and cabins with many affordable rental options
- Mountain Biking
- Disc golf
- Horseback riding
- The Paiute ATV Trail System
- Day trip to Zion National Park
- Day trip to
Bryce Canyon National Park
Park City Mountain Resort's Alpine Slide is
one of the longest slides in the world, with over 3,000 feet of gliding and
sliding down a luge-like track. The slide is only one of many activities
offered at PCMR, you can also hike or bike the resorts many trails, zip-line,
and too much more to list. Check out their site for
a list of all the activities offered.
Snowbasin Resort will be open for operations
Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer staring June 13th. Enjoy scenic
Gondola Rides to Needles Lodge, mountain bike and hike on 26 miles of trails,
go on one of the free Saturday guided tours, play some Frisbee Golf on the
9-hole course, enjoy Sunday brunch at the top of the gondola, explore your
cravings at a themed mountain top dinner, or come to a free outdoor concert
series starting Jun 14th in the beautiful high alpine environment. They also
have family oriented activities this summer including a playground, a euro
bungee, and new climbing wall for the kids.
Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort
Snowbird invested heavily in their summer offerings including mountain bike trails, Alpine Slide, Mountain Coaster, ropes course, and much more. Additionally they feature barrier free trails and a partnership with Wasatch Adaptive Sports to offer:
- Nature hikes
- Adaptive Mountain & Road Biking
- Snowbird activities including Tram rides, bungee trampoline and alpine slide
- Mine and Water Tunnel Tours
- GPS/Orienteering classes
- Boundless playground
This year, summer at Solitude
includes mountain biking, hiking, trail running, and lots of special
events including the Vigor Half Marathon and Trail Run Series and Midweek Mountain Bike Series. In August,
Utah’s premiere culinary event, Taste of the Wasatch, will feature food tastings
presented by chefs from over 50 top Utah restaurants and resorts.
Sundance Mountain Resort
Summer at Sundance includes adventure, culture, and romance.
Take a nearly 2-mile long scenic zip-line tour, and then finish the evening
with a mountaintop gourmet dinner at the Bearclaw Supper Club or a full-moon
lift ride (offered monthly during the…you guessed it…full moon.) Wow, it sounds
like a great date night! Also check out their concert and theater schedule.